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November 2015

Clothing for size 22+

In Plus Size Fashion

Happy Monday!

Today I found myself trying on some of my winter clothes from last season. During Winter 14/15, I was a size 20 in bottoms. This morning I found out, that I was a size 20-24 in pants…depending where I bought them and the material they are made of. So today, I decided to write a post for any ladies who are tired of forcing the “jean dance” and have to size up beyond the typically offerings of 12-22/24 at most plus size stores.

Side note: I am not really a fan of the word “Extended Sizes”. I don’t get it…

 

PSB’s Top 6 Choices for Clothing Above a Size 22

Pssst: Make sure you check out all these designer’s Sizing Charts before you are purchasing. A 5x isn’t the same everywhere.

Catherines

Today with more than 400 locations nationwide, along with catherines.com, the Catherines brand continues to fulfill its promise to women everywhere as the fashion and fit authority for sizes 16W-34W and 0X-5X. As part of the Ascena Retail Group family of stores, Catherines serves a unique niche in the marketplace, offering beautiful fashions and intimates in hard-to-find extended sizes and a proprietary fit customers love.

Here’s my favorite pieces from their selection:

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Maurices

At Maurices, their customers find a place to express their individuality and feel good about who they are. With styles that match the budget and the occasion – and sizes 1-24 – the fashions always fit.

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SWAK

Sealed with a Kiss (SWAK) has been manufacturing trendy women’s plus size clothing for the better part of a decade. They provide clothing for sizes 14-36.

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Eloquii– If you couldn’t already tell, Eloquii has been a long time favorite of Plus Size Beausion’s. With lookbooks catered specifically to women who wear above a size 22, they have really shown style in every size.

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Jibri – If you are really into customization and edgy clothing, Jibri is always my go to store. They are best suited for special occasions as the costs usually start at 90.00+.

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Chubby Cartwheels – For more casual or funky clothing, Chubby Cartwheels has some of the best shirts that slick have sayings and body cons and leggings to match!

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Looking for something in particular? Let me know!

Toodles!

Size Sexy

In Plus Size Fashion

Over the past month or so, I’ve found a growing amount of brands that are offering lingerie to plus size consumers. And why not, we all deserve to feel beautiful in our skin. Whether we’re  bundled up in a burka or stripped down to our bra…everyone has a comfort level of sexy. Here are my top 4 retailers who are taking my type of sexy to the next level!

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Lane Bryant– This past weekend while I was in NY, I went to Lane Bryant and binged on a few sexy items!

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Rebdolls– With their sizing going as high as a size 24, I definitely took advantage of a Baroque styled piece or two.

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Ashley Stewart– Only one way to describe them: HOT!!!  I love their models and their pieces!

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Always For Me – I recently discovered Always for Me and one thing I really love about their collections is their diversity in offerings. Whether you want to be covered up from head to toe or a string worth of coverage, they have it!

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What do you think?

Holiday Wear

In Plus Size Fashion

Happy Hump Day!

With the holidays rapidly approaching, I thought it would be a great idea to highlight some brands that have some great holiday collections/holiday-esque in the works!

 

Here is part one of the brands on my radar:

Monif C – Monif C is always known for bringing elegance to the holidays! With the Ebony Gala around the corner, this will be one of my first places to check out!  Here are some of my favs!

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Ready to Stare– Ready to Stare captured my heart with their Holiday 2015 looks!

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Ashley Stewart – Ashley Stewart really never ceases to amazing me!

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Avenue – Avenue has been on my list for a while. When I showed my mother my latest find from there, she laughed and said, “Who taught you about them first???”

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Eloquii– And of course, how could I not round off a list with one my favorite stores!

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Here are my top 5! What are your favorites?

 

YONA New York

In Personal Style

Happy Tuesday!

Yesterday was a great day to turn 27! This year, I am focused on understanding myself better. Not just as a 27 year old living in Boston, but Chardline as the individual. Today, I want to introduce a brand that encourages the same of its customers.

Yona Love has created a line of plus size fashion–Yona New York–for the full figured women who wants color, pattern, style and sophistication. Who wants to be able to express who she is through her clothing. Maybe for the very first time. Yona Love believes that beauty is not about size, but about style and confidence. She wants women to feel liberated in her clothing. To enjoy what they are wearing so much it makes them smile to think about it. And to be able to feel comfortable and confident in any situation. Because that is truly beautiful.

I am a firm believer in clothing expressing your desires on the side and out. Not everyone has the same outlook, but I know when Chardline wants to make a statement, she expresses it inside and out (I know, I just spoke in 3rd person lol).  With that, I have partnered up with YONA New York on an outfit post that truly reflects Chardline the consumer and Chardline the “I want to look good for work and play” woman.

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When YONA sent me their textured wrap shawl, I couldn’t think of another way to style it. I always love a challenge but this one was a little harder to style. So I stared at it for a while and then I said, “accessorize!” Once I put it all together, I WAS HAPPY WITH THE OUTCOME! Like my good friend always says,  Belt it! Shawls/Large Cardigans have come back into style and I really wanted to show some versatility to for the work place and at for drinks out!

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To give it some of that Fall Action I love so much, I added my favorite fall hat!

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And there you have it, work and play all wrapped up in one! Hope you enjoyed the post!

Toodles!

 

#TooSelf

In Body Positive

Happy Monday!

Sorry for the brief hiatus but my pinched nerve in my neck started kicking in :(. BUT GUESS WHAT TODAY IS? MY BIRTHDAY!

No big shoots or fancy outfit updates, but I did want to talk about a project that I recently fell in love with : #TooSelf.

For as long as I can remember, the concept of beauty has always been defined by society. Society’s standard of beauty was always set by the “It Girl” or the Sexiest Men Alive lists that come out every year.  With these “idols” setting the standard of the what “true beauty” looks like, everyone else is either told they are “TOO” this or “TOO” that.  With those concepts in mind, Devin Jeter created the Too Self Project.

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Devin Jeter is a 25-year-old Bostonian, who just located to NYC. Her personal life mission to spread positive energy and help those find their light from within stems from her everyday awareness of the world. Devin says, “It bothers me to see others not love themselves, because I know how it feels.” Her brand, DevaFest, is dedicated to bringing awareness to how important self-love is and how we can bring this awareness in our everyday lives.

Through her #TOOSELF project, she captures pictures of those who have been often told, you are TOO SKINNY or TOO FAT or TOO SHY, or my favorite TOO OUTSPOKEN. The images portray women in who are learning to bask in their insecurities and question their purpose. Is your purpose to live at the standards of other people or to define your own? DevaFest challenges of person to build on their insecurities and make them securities!

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We are given choices in life. Pressured to be the same. Look the same. Feel the same. Our body is our temple in which we always remember to prioritize decorating. But a lot of people lack the connection with their own soul, while trying to catch the approval of others. We forget to live for ourselves. It is easy for us to get “lost in the sauce” with keeping up with demands of others.

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Although they may mute your voice, energy can be the loudest form of speech before words leave your lips.

Society gives us a picture and we have the choice to believe it or not. Write down the pros and cons of your choices. Is it a permanent choice for a temporary emotion?+2

DevaFest challenges you to take the leap and not only love yourself but stay true to yourself.

Call to Action: So we want you guys to take a picture of yourself hiding whatever it is that makes you feel the most secure. Embrace your insecurity(s)! Make sure you post it on Instagram #TTS #Devafest with a simple caption to explain your picture. Let the picture do most of the talking! The competition will be a week long, starting DECEMBER 1st-7th. The person with the most compelling story will be given a prize! Now remember, no person’s story is more delicate than another person’s story. But DevaFest is looking for someone who’s fought against the odds or even loved themselves when society has told them not too!

Make sure you visit DEVAFEST’s Instagram for more details!

Toodles,

Chardline.